It’s silent, happens quickly and is preventable!
According to the World Health Organization every hour, every day, more than 40 people lose their lives to drowning; 372,000 people drown each year, with those under 5 years old at greatest risk; Globally, over half of all drowning deaths are under 25 years old.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about ten people die from unintentional drowning, of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.
Drowning is the leading cause of death among children ages 1-4 in Florida. Florida’s drowning death rate among children ages 1-4 is the highest in the nation. Enough children drown each year in Florida to fill three to four preschool classrooms. By no means has Collier County been spared this preventable tragedy. According to the Bureau of Vital Statistics, drowning is the leading cause of death of children ages one to four in Collier County.
The NCH Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition recognizes that multiple layers of protection are necessary to prevent drowning. We stresses that NO single device or solution can prevent child drownings. Parents, caregivers, aquatic facility owners, managers and operators should use “layers of protection” to provide a system of increased security to prevent unauthorized access to bodies of water, especially important for children. This means that multiple strategies or devices are used constantly and simultaneously.
Drowning happens to the BEST PARENTS and the BEST PEOPLE. It is silent and 100% preventable.
Layers include various types of barriers, including supervision, fences, pool covers, alarms, education, and more. Some layers aid in preventing access to the water, such as fences or pool safety covers. Other types of layers, such as alarms, will alert adults immediately if the barriers have been crossed. And finally, some layers are intended to minimize injury should a child gain access to the water, such as swim instruction, U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets, proper rescue techniques, and knowing CPR.
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Visit our Water Safety website, watersmartcollier.com for even more information on water safety & drowning prevention in Collier county!